Dorothy L. (O’Brien) Pflueger, 79, of St. Joseph died peacefully Oct. 21, 2018 at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. Her funeral was held Oct. 25 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans’ Cemetery in Little Falls.
Pflueger was born May 23, 1939 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Melvin and Margaret (Beto) O’Brien. She married Herbert Pflueger on April 19, 1958 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. She worked a variety of jobs which included being the first waitress at Kay’s Kitchen. She then worked for the College of St. Benedict as a secretary in the Nursing Department for more than 13 years. Pflueger was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph, American Legion Post 428 Auxiliary of Waite Park and VFW Post 428 Auxiliary.
Survivors include her children: Ken of Avon, Steve of St. Joseph, Kathy (Byron) Cigelske of Avon and Brad of Albany; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brothers Harold and Robert O’Brien and sister Mary Blanchard.
Preceding her in death were her parents Melvin and Margaret; husband Herbert; and siblings Eugene, Joseph, Loretta, Charles, Daniel and Helen.
Dorothy’s family would like to thank the St. Croix Hospice for their compassion and care.
Author: Janelle Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.